Monday, 8 February 2016

Pretty Poinsettia

I said I was going to get ready for Christmas early, and this is another card to add to my early collection!  It uses that gorgeous poinsettia image from A Day For Daisies, but this time I double printed the main flower and then decoupaged it - slightly off centre to build up my flower - but it's still nice and flat for posting - little foam pads required!



Really pleased with this simple card.  The centre has got a liquid pearl finish and the sentiment computer generated.

Challenges;
Allsorts - CAS
Challenge Up Your Life - No design papers
CHCC - Anything Goes
Di's Digis - Lots of Red
Cardz4Gals - Fantastic Florals
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - One Layer/Anything Goes
Jx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Cat Scratcher

I made this card at the beginning of the week, but it has taken me all week to get it uploaded. Conflicts and unsupported program warnings kept flashing up on my computer, so hubby decided to give it an upgrade!

So it's official... I hate change!  He asked me if my computer was now running quicker, which it is, but everything else is running slower, he's moved things into folders to tidy up the desktop, he's put on a more recent version of Windows and Word, he's replaced my over heating hard drive and he's fixed the noisy fan... I know I should be grateful, but I'm such a grump, I can't do things I used to do in seconds, I can't find things and I hate change!!!

So this is my first post on the new system, here goes with uploading a photo...


assistance was needed, Microsoft Picture Manager had to be set up again, but hey, we got there!  So my card uses a Karen's Doodles image, won last year, Ooh La La papers from the Shawn Jenkins CD and a LOTV sentiment.

Challenges;
Sketch Saturday - Challenge 397 - Use an old sketch - I chose 228, but flipped the sentiment/pearls

Passion for Promarkers - Favourites - Cats/Ooh La La CD's/Layers/Pearls
Fab n Funky - All creatures great and small
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Fancy - Lots of details - fancy paper/pearls/layers - maybe not fancy enough tho?
CRAFT - Picture Inspiration
Animal Friends - Cats



Monday, 1 February 2016

Love & Romance

With Valentines Day fast approaching it's little surprise that there are lots of love themed challenges on the go just now and jumping on the band wagon, Pauline has chosen

Love & Romance

as the latest theme over at Ooh La La.  So I'm assuming wedding/engagement/anniversary projects all fall under this umbrella, but I just went down the Valentine road.


This time I made a stepper card and also decorated up a jar to be used to hold memories from the coming year.  It's something that was suggested on Facebook a lot at the beginning of the year, but I wasn't quite organised into making one then!


So basically you write little notes or add tiny keepsakes into the jar to remind you of happy outings/gatherings throughout the year, then at the end of the year you tip out the jar and remind yourself of all those fun times!  - well I liked the idea!!!




My projects are made with files from the Ooh La La CD "Say It With Words" and the jar tag uses the bookmark file shrunk to fit! So there we have it, my card and gift set for the current challenge.  Hope you can join us, Jx

Challenges;
Alphabet Challenge - X - EXtra fold
Polkadoodles - Love and Romance
Wags n Whiskers - With Love
CRAFT - Love/Valentine/Anniversary
The Ribbon Girl - Love - Hope using twine counts, if not, sorry!
Jx


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Toppers!

Last year I bought an LOTV coloured art pad and papers to help me with Christmas card production, sadly they never saw the light of day and worse, I didn't make anything like the number of Christmas cards I needed.

So, this year, I'm back to plan "B" - make Christmas ones all year round - and cheat by using art pads!

So, for the very first time I give you a card using an art pad image.

To help me on my way, I followed the Sweet Stetch Wednesday stetch, then kept adding bits till I thought the card looked complete!


So, the image, sentiment tag and papers are from LOTV, the Bakers Twine from The Ribbon Girls, and the flower off a cracker!

Challenges;
ABC Christmas - B for Baubles
SSW2 - Stkech 2-81

CHCC - Use a sentiment
Holly Jolly - Use designer papers
Crimbo Crackers -Anything Goes

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Sunflowers

I'm doing quite well this month, that's me made another card, to add to my box for Spring birthdays!  This one uses a lovely sunflower image and is off the Ooh La La Cd called Everyday Occasions.

All papers came from the CD, then the card was finished off with a pearl centred bow a border and a sentiment.

Challenges;
CD Sunday - Wild Flowers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- Anything Goes Jx

Embossing

Welcome everyone to another MAWTT challenge - my first one for 2016, and the first one hosted by Diane, our latest, lovely DT member.

Well today, Diane has picked one of my favourites

Embossing

So me thinks there will be lots of lovely cards this time around.

For my card, I went with New Baby, cause I needed one, CARD NOT BABY!!! (Sorry Ang and Christine, didn't mean to confuse.)  So I made a baby girl easel using a sweet Penny Black stamp and some lovely Craft Creation baby sheets.  My embossing is of baby feet but its slightly hidden under my scrummy ribbon from The Ribbon Girls - so love it, the middle section of it has a lovely velvet feel.  Oh yeah, and the doily, recognise it Sue?  It's from the pack you sent me for my Birthday, it's so sweet - sorry it took me so long to open the pack!

So here's my card, now over to you!



Challenges;
Penny Black @Allsorts - One for the girls
Stamping Senstations - Anything Goes with a die
PBSC - Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craftroom - Embossing
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafting for All Seasons - Ribbon & Pearls Jx

Monday, 18 January 2016

In The Country

Today I'm hosting the challenge over at Ooh La La and as I stay in the country, I've chosen

In The Country

as my theme - (clearly a  lot of thought went into that one!)

So, for my card, I dipped into my Paula Oakley CD and used the file titled Winter Mist - perfect for the season although looking at the trees I think perhaps the image was painted at the back end of the year as opposed to January.


My image is combined with brown and kraft card, a PB sentiment and some lace and that's about it!

Hope you can join us over the coming fortnight, as I love it when my followers names appear on the challenge list... and I love it even more if they make Top 3!

So see you over there! Jx

Challenges;
Hiding in My Craft Room - Embossing
Polkadoodles - Winter Birthday
Wags n Whiskers - Anything Goes
The Male Room - Anything Goes

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Poinsettia

It seems like ages since I've posted a card, probably cause its been ages since I made one!  But I found a bit of spare time over the weekend and managed to colour a free image that I'd spied on the A Day For Daisies blog weeks ago.

I've combined the image with the current sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - one of my favourite challenges, but one I was unable to enter last year due to time constraints.  This year however they have changed the challenge to fortnightly, so I'm hoping that once again I can become a regular participant.  So many really good sketch challenges have folded over the years, Friday Sketchers, Sketch and Stash and Christmas Challenges with Sketches - all favourites of mine and now no more... so...
Lets Save SSW2
Well I hope we do and I hope the DT are listening as I know you said you didn't want to fold either!

So now to matters in hand, my card using the current sketch, here it is, a simple design to show off the gorgeous ADFD stamp.


I've added the burlap and ribbon to add a bit of texture along with liquid pearls dots in the flower centre.

Challenges;
SSW2 - Sketch 2-80

Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes + a die - Fishtail one for sentiment.
Winterwonderland - Glitter and shine - there is gold glitter on the ribbon but perhaps not enough?
Ribbon Girls - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Use something new - new image and new burlap, bought in Berlin in Dec!

Monday, 4 January 2016

Girlie

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the new challenge year.  Hope you all had a fantastic festive break and are ready to start using all your new crafty goodies in our latest challenge.  No new stuff for me on this card, but an old favourite image.  As soon as I saw the latest challenge over at Ooh La La, I knew straight away which image I was going to use.

The challenge this time is
Girlie

And for me, one girlie stands out from the crowd - here she is along with a very mindful sentiment, just love it.  She is from the Say it With Words CD, one which was released a year or so back, but which is still available here.  All papers used on the card are also off the CD, all I did was add a sentiment, button & ribbon.

Challenges;
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes
As You Like It - Anything Goes
CRAFT - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes Jx